Grandma's Kitchen Cabinets

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Project by Darryl Jones posted 09-26-2009 03:19 AM 2649 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my early projects, it actually started because my grandma had recently retired and when I went to visit she told me that her kitchen had been ruined and she needed to go back to work. I couldn’t have that so I told her that I would make her a new kitchen (I found out later that she actually didn’t believe me). Boy was she surprised!

I didn’t have a lot of money to work with so I made the cabinets with the best sturdiest materials that I could afford. These cabinets are constructed of what was labeled as “cabinet grade” 3/4” plywood that was $28 a sheet (what a deal). the face frames are also the same plywood. The doors are furniture grade pine frames and luan inserts. The backs of the cabinets are 3/4” bc grade plywood (for strength). The finish is 3 coats of minwax polyshades. I also installed the cabinets and built the tiled counter top as well.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#1 posted 09-26-2009 04:11 AM

Great job, turned out well. You have done that great thing for your grandmother. My Granddad made kitchen cabinets out of plywood in 1960, for our cottage. When we remodeled a few years ago they were still were in great shape. I now use them in my shop. I am sure yours will be around a long time too.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#2 posted 09-26-2009 04:56 AM

Great job on the cabinets, I know your Grandma will enjoy her new cabinets.

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#3 posted 09-28-2009 01:31 AM

Those are some very nice cabinets and speaking as someone who is a grandma herself I have to say I can’t imagine anything nicer than having cabinets your grandchild made.

-- Joanne, New York,

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